PICTORIAL: ONC holds thanksgiving prayers for Mama Janet after healing from Covid

South Ankole Diocese Bishop, Rt. Rev. Nathan Ahimbisibwe, leading thanksgiving prayers for First Lady Janet Museveni's health on Saturday, January 06, 2024 at ONC Offices in Kyambogo (Photo/Alex Masereka Joel)

Kampala, (UG): The Office of the NRM National Chairman (ONC) under the stewardship of President Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Political Affairs, Hajjati Hadija Namyalo Uzeiye Saturday held national thanksgiving prayers for the life and health of First Lady Mama Janet Museveni who recently recovered from coronavirus disease – Covid-19.

It should be noted on December 28, 2023, President Museveni told the country that Mrs Museveni had contracted Covid during their Christmas holiday at First Family’s country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura District but healed in under seven days, a record recovery from the virus.

Following her full recovery, the ONC sought it wise to organize thanksgiving prayers to celebrate the First Lady’s health and ask God to protect her further in her endeavours.

The Saturday prayers were held at ONC head offices in Kyambogo, Nakawa Division with the clergy from various religious sects led by Rt. Rev Nathan Ahimbisibwe, the Bishop of the new South Ankole Diocese leading the intercession.

In his sermon to the Bazzukulu, Bishop Ahimbisibwe thanked Hajjat Namyalo, the CHief Muzzuku for continuously embracing the fear of the Lord while carrying out various assignments under the Office of the National Chairman.

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Rev Ahimibisibwe observed that, for all this time, the First Lady has been a true mother of the nation through her fear of the Lord and a true flag of Uganda, whose motto is “For God and My Country,” adding that; for this reason, the Lord ensured her recovery from the deadly disease to maintain the flame of integrity and God-fearing behaviour among the citizens she has led by example.

He also observed that God has granted Hon. Mama Janet more time to accomplish her set mission, for which unity and togetherness should be at the forefront.

NRM politicians joined by Bishop Ahimbisibwe (Center) and ONC Head, Hajjat Namyalo (red vail) and other religious leaders in a group photo after the prayers.

Rwampara District Woman MP, Hon. Molly Asiimwe, a known close confidant of the First Lady who represented the First Family thanked God for healing Mama Janet, and the ONC National Coordinator, Hajjat Namyalo for organizing such a function which embraces the race of humanity, love and goodwill among others.

“…our mama Janet has told me to thank you very much for organizing this event on her behalf. Indeed, we must thank God because a country without a mother can’t stand. And now that she is healed and back to her healthy life, expect nothing but swift progress and transformation of this country,” Hon Asiimwe noted.

On her part, the head of ONC, SPA/PA Hadijah Namyalo Uzeiye, thanked the members present for making an effort to attend the prayers organized on short notice and committed to the people that leadership centred on God will continue to take centre stage in the Kyambogo office.

She also thanked God for quick recovery and asked for continued good health for Mrs. Janet Museveni arguing that “with Mama’s good and stable health, the NRM National Chairman is always at peace while steering the country to great strength.”

“The ONC foot soldiers were on their knees from the time the National Chairman broke the news of sickness, and indeed the Lord has answered these prayers and healed Mama Janet, the revered mother of the mighty country Uganda,” Namyalo remarked.

Hajjat Namyalo speaks during the function on Saturday, January 06, 2023

She added; “…the Bazzukulu are committed to continued prayers for a full recovery and the ability to return to the National duties she has sacrificed her entire life to perform.”

The ONC boss therefore tasked Mama Janet to use this time to strengthen her hold at the State House because with her, the President continues to do his job ably while being sure that the mother of the nation is in charge.

Hajjat Namyalo kneels in prayer for Mama Janet’s health

The prayers were attended to by notable ministers, MPs, NRM leaders, KCCA representatives and government officials who among others included; Hon Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, the NRM Vice Chairman in Central Region who represented the NRM Secretariat, Hon Diana Mutasingwa, the Minister of State in the office of the Vice President, and Hon Judith Nabakooba, the Minister for Lands.

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Others included; Hon Robina Rwakoojo, (Gomba West), Hon Mary Begumisa (Sembabule Woman MP), Hon Jane Avuru (Woman MP Pakwach), Hon Sauda Kauma Alibaawo (Iganga Woman MP), Former Ambassador Simon Mulongo, Uganda’s Ambassador To Saudi Arabia Sheikh Sulaiman Gugwa, Kampala Central Mayor Hon Salim Uhuru, NRM Youth League Chairperson, Mr Gaddafi Nasur, former Supreme Mufti Kasule Ndirangwa and many others.

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